Sometimes, O God, we do things that we know are wrong and bad and, as painful as it is, we recognize our sin and implore you for the gifts of grace and faith that we might turn away from those things.
More difficult for us, O God, is to recognize those ways in which the good things we do and the good ways we live can become sinful and thus can become ways that put us in need of the gifts of grace and faith that we might turn away from those things.
Such ways become sinful when we
become impressed with our goodness
compare our goodness favorably with that of others
believe that our goodness earns us status with you
conclude that doing good equals being good
are so good that no one can stand to be around us.
Today, O God, call our attention to the sin of being bad and to the sin of being good—and give us grace and faith to repent, to turn around and go the other way.
Deliver us from the evil of evil.
Deliver us from the evil of goodness.